How to Spot a Flood-Damaged Car

Check that Second-Hand Car for Flood Damage

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You will never know if it has been damaged by flood. (Photo Credits)

Buying second-hand vehicle is not as easy as it seems.

To be able to buy a good vehicle quality, the buyer has to be aware of what to spot in order to ensure that the second hand vehicle he is purchasing is worth all the money he is paying for.

Car Buzz gave pointers on how to spot a flood-damaged vehicle. Flood Repair Services

“1. The interior carpets may smell musty or have caked-on mud. 2. Check for evidence of the seat-mounting screws being removed; in order to dry the carpets the seats would have been taken out first. 3. Look at the headlights and taillights and see if you can spot a visible water line on the lens or reflector. 4. Pay attention to the gaps between panels in the trunk and under the hood; waterborne mud and debris could still be present.”

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Watch out for signs of flood damage

Top Gear also gave motorists tips on how to detect flood damage in second hand vehicles.

5. Inspect rust. Rust in the chair frames and bare metal bracing under the dashboard can be signs of flooding in newer cars. Be aware, however, that light surface rust does form in older cars, even without flooding, especially in a humid climate like ours. But if there is continuous, deep-seated rust rather than the typical light spotting, or if there are rust marks or scorch marks on the wiring under the dash, in the fuse box or even inside the lighter socket, then that’s a sign of water damage.”

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NBC News meantime issued warning against those looking to buy second hand cars especially after a major flooding incident in a community nearby. They however emphasized that selling flood damaged cars is not illegal as long as it is fully and properly disclosed to the buyer.

“That’s not necessarily illegal, as long as buyers are told of the damage. While a flood-damaged vehicle might undergo extensive repairs, experts stress that long-term issues could emerge. They point to rust in areas where water might have pooled. Electrical circuits, such as head and taillights are more prone to shorting out. And mold can develop in hidden places.”

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Do you know what to look out for when buying a second hand car?

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Flood rescue stories

Trapped in flood waters

Rescued Flood Victims, Coralville, IA

Rescuing flood victims. (Photo Credits) 

Getting trapped in a flood is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to anyone/

Thankfully there are rescue organizations and good Samaritans who risk their lives and limbs to save people trapped in flood waters.

Celebrities are no exception, as shared by Hot Topics.

“Roho Hartman of Ardmore, Oklahoma was trying to get home when his truck stalled in a road that turned into a rushing river. Hartman and another man were fighting against waist-deep water trying to get Hartman’s truck out of the water. That’s when a truck pulled up with a tow rope. The driver, Blake Shelton.”

Watch the video here.

Monster Rescue

Wide Open Country meantime shared the story of a Monster Truck that helped rescue a trapped woman.

“As roadways across Texas were flooded by torrential rain on Monday, several residents became trapped in their homes. Weather forecasters urged drivers to remain off the roads, though some motorists got caught in harm’s way. However, the floodwaters were no match for this monster truck with six-feet tires and a nearly 10-foot lift kit. Jenny Doren, a reporter for WFAA-TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth, captured this footage of a monster truck plowing through the flooded Brazos River to rescue a woman trapped in her home in Parker County, just east of Fort Worth.”

Check out the clip here.

Family Effort

A flood rescue in South Carolina was meantime a family effort.

“On their way home, they wanted to check one last spot — and it’s a good thing they did. They came across a stream that feeds all of Elizabeth Lake and decided to go check it out. In the distance they saw a car.”

Read the whole article here.

Have you ever witnessed a rescue work during flooding?

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Flooding and Animals

How animals get affected by flooding

Banjo leaving the water

They get trapped in flood too. (Photo Credits)

Apart from humans and their respective properties, flooding also affects animals, especially house pets.

News9.com shared the story of a woman who rescued house pets during a flooding incident.

“Troopers and lawmen did what they could to help, but could not convince Pamela not to go back in the water. Her husband says besides dogs, they had several ducks and chickens they were raising. But he fears most of them died in the raging floodwaters.”

Read the rescue story here.

Pet Rescue

Pet groups meantime held hands to ensure the rescue of house animals that have bee trapped in a flooding as shared by the website Cat Channel. Commercial Damage Repair San Diego

“The Red Star Rescue team, American Humane Association’s disaster relief arm, took two giant 50-foot Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicles to South Carolina Thursday to help pet victims of the flooding there. The state requested the assistance, and South Carolina will join National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC) members ASPCA, CODE 3 and IFAW to help dogs and cats affected by the flood.”

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Not necessarily a house pet, a donkey meantime grinned ear to ear upon being saved by humans amid raging floodwaters.

Bored Panda shared the story that went viral over the internet.  More

“The donkey was safely pulled out of the water with a rope and a life-saver. After being rescued, he surprised everyone with a wonderful smile! The donkey has a loving owner and is well taken care of; he only escaped from his stable because the wind blew-open the gate.”

See the smiling donkey here.

Have you ever had to rescue a pet from a flood?

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What to do After a Flood

Post-Flooding Response

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Do you know what to do following a flooding event? (Photo Credits)

Flooding incidents are very common during the rainy season, and can even be brought about by thunder storms. Helpful Hints

The difference between falling victim to a disaster and remaining safe is in the preparation and response to a flooding event.

British website NFU Mutual shared some helpful tips on what to do after a flooding.

“If you think that the flood waters may have been contaminated, with sewage for example, do not use any items the water came into contact with until they have been properly cleaned and disinfected. Please be aware that some of these items may need to be disposed of”

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Stay Informed

Rainbow International meantime advises its readers to use extreme caution when forced to evacuate of travel after a flooding event. Commercial Flood Damage San Diego, CA  

“Only travel through flood damaged areas when absolutely necessary. If you must travel, wait till water has stopped moving, wear sturdy shoes, and use a stick to gauge depth and firmness prior to taking each step. Be wary of contaminated water (gas, sewage, etc.), electrical hazards, hidden animals, dangerous debris, eroded roads and walkways, and more that can quickly land you in a dangerous situation whether you are traveling by foot or car. Avoid entering any structure surrounded by floodwaters that may be weakened until they have been declared safe from collapse.”

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Realty Times has its share of tips to homeowners.

“The first 24 hours can be key during a cleanup. It’s critical to start airing out your home as soon as you can. Moisture equals mold and rot. To do rid your home of moisture you need to get air moving through open doors and windows. Additionally, open up closets and cabinets. Natural breezes will work their magic, but give Mother Nature a helping hand by using fans.”

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Do you know what to do after a flooding event?